Autopsy: Children found in storage unit died of ‘ongoing physical abuse’
REDDING, Calif. – The Monterey County district attorney says murder warrants will be filed against a couple accused in the deaths of two young children.
Also, a 9-year-old girl was found on the floorboard of a locked SUV. The girl weighed about 40 pounds, had open sores, lice, broken bones and missing teeth, the sheriff said.
Tami Joy Huntsman, 39, and Gonzalo Curiel, 17, have already been charged with felony child abuse and torture in the case of the 9-year-old girl.
However, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said murder warrants may be filed against the couple as early as Friday.
He added that he might seek the death penalty.
An autopsy showed the two children, who have been tentatively identified as 3-year-old Delylah Tara and 6-year-old Shaun Tara, died of “ongoing physical abuse.”
However, they did not remove any children from Huntsman’s care.
Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin said officers twice went to Huntsman’s apartment after receiving anonymous reports about child abuse.
One time nobody was home and the second time the officer found a child asleep and other children doing homework — nothing to indicate abuse, McMillin said.
The department will be investigating whether there were any “missed opportunities” to uncover wrongdoing, the chief said.